Twitter Updates You Need to Know About In 2020

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As it celebrates 14 years since the first tweet, Twitter continues to be an innovator in social media. It’s a rapid-fire source of news, jokes, viral trends, and so much more depending on who you follow and how you want to use the platform.

As the social media landscape continues to change, Twitter adapts with the times and the requests of its users. There are new changes on the horizon, too, as we look at the updates and features that You Need to Know About In 2020.

1. Twitter Adds Option to Include Custom Banners on Lists:

After adding a new card format when sharing Twitter lists via tweet last December, Twitter has now taken that a step further by providing an option to customize your Twitter list header image.

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As you can see in this example, now, when you create or edit a Twitter list, you’ll have the option to add a photo or image in the top frame, adding an extra level of personalization to the process.

2. Twitter’s Making it Easier to Add Alt-Text Descriptions to Uploaded Images:

Twitter’s making it easier for users to add text descriptions to their uploaded images, with a dedicated ‘+ALT’ button displayed on the image itself.

As explained by Twitter:

“Adding descriptions to images is a great way to include everyone in your conversation. These descriptions, aka alt-text, enable folks who use screen readers to interpret images in Tweets. Starting today, you no longer need a setting to add alt text.”

3. Twitter Expands Test of Messenger-Like Chat Window for DMs:

Twitter has begun live testing of its new DM chat window on desktop, which provides a Messenger-style, picture-in-picture display for your messaging discussions on the platform.

As you can see in this screenshot from user Calum Young (shared by social media expert Matt Navarra), the new option displays active DM chats in a smaller, sub-window at the bottom right of screen, which is similar to the same presentation of Messenger chats within Facebook, and also LinkedIn’s messaging chats.

4. Twitter Expands Test of Stories-Like ‘Fleets’:

After first launching its Stories-like ‘Fleets’ option to users in Brazil back in March, Twitter is now expanding the test to users in Italy as it continues to gather feedback about the tool.

Fleets, as you can see in these images, are pretty much exactly like Stories, with a new panel of rounded profile icons at the top of your Twitter home feed which, when tapped, connect you through to full-screen posts that disappear after 24 hours.

Though Twitter hasn’t specifically said that Stories are the inspiration – according to Twitter’s head of product Kayvon Beykpour, Fleets grew from the fact that people regularly say that they don’t feel comfortable Tweeting: 

“…because Tweets can be seen and replied to by anybody, feel permanent and performative (how many Likes & Retweets will this get?).”

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5. Twitter Begins Live Testing of New Controls Over Who Can Reply to Your Tweets:

Twitter’s head of product Kayvon Beykpour first noted the initial stages of the project in October last year, and now, Twitter has officially confirmed that a limited group of users will have access to a live test of its audience control options for tweets, which will enable people to restrict who can reply to their updates.

The version that’s going live is slightly different from the one Twitter first presented seven months ago, which included a fourth option – ‘Statement’ – which would not allow for any replies.

Maybe Twitter felt that was too restrictive, and counter to tweet engagement – or it realized that people would be able to do this anyway by limiting replies to only those mentioned in the tweet, then simply not including any @mentions. Either way, it’s not there, so it looks to have been dropped in the initial testing stage.

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6. Audio Tweets? New Experiment Provides a Glimpse at a Possible Future Tweet Innovation:

With podcast listenership on the rise, is there now a place for audio to become a more significant element of social platforms?

Could audio tweets, for example, provide a new element to the app?

It’s an interesting consideration, and recently, members of Twitter’s designed team mocked up what audio tweets might look like.

As you can see in these images, shared by Owen Williams on Twitter, this is what Twitter’s ‘Hear and Now’ audio tweets might look like, and function, with clips attached to tweets, and even highlighted in a special segment.

7. Twitter Removes Custom Camera Captions and Larger Image Presentation Format:

Twitter’s making a slight correction in its approach on its visual presentation options within tweets.

As you may recall, last year, Twitter rolled out an updated Twitter Camera, which included a new way to add colorful caption panels to images captured through the native camera option, while those images also appeared larger in timelines.

Yeah, nah, that’s not working for Twitter anymore.

The platform has announced that it’s rolling back these changes, along with a couple of other tweaks to the native camera function.

So, as you can see in the original tweet, users will now be able to add up to four images captured via the camera, and reply and retweet with photos and videos. Which, I thought you already could. In fact, I’m sure you already could, and when I first read that announcement, I pretty much dismissed it. But, evidently, the native camera functionality, specifically, has been altered.

But the main change is the removal of the colorful captions and larger image format.

8. Twitter Updates Tweet Embeds Style:

This is a relatively small update, but relevant to note either way.

Twitter Developer Forums, Twitter has announced a change to the way tweet embeds will be displayed on websites, which could cause some presentation impacts.

As explained by Twitter:

“Starting today, we will begin rolling out a new version of embedded Tweets that has an updated design and better infrastructure that will soon help load Tweets faster on your sites and apps. As we roll it out, you might see your Tweet embeds rendering with a slightly new look.”

And yes, the changes do appear to be slight, but again, worth noting for your posts and pages.

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9. Twitter Rolls Out Native Scheduling Within the Tweet Composer Window on Desktop:

After testing it out for close to a year, Twitter has today announced that it’s bringing native tweet scheduling and the capacity to save tweet drafts to its desktop app.

As you can see in this example, first, there’s a new ‘Unsent Tweets’ button at the top right of the composer window. When tapped, you’ll be able to access all of your saved tweets – so if you want to come back to a thought at a later stage, now you can. Which you’ve been able to do in the mobile app since… forever.

Even so, it’s still a handy addition to have within the desktop app – though there is a catch.

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(Digital Marketer & YouTuber) Life motto: Be Awesome, Live Awesome! spread our knowledge, experience, and positivity to the rest of the world.

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